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Health Tip: Service Animal Rights

-- Service animals, typically dogs, are trained to perform tasks for people with a disability.

These animals are generally allowed in any public area, including businesses and hospitals, says the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Health Tip: Taking a Mental Health Day

-- Taking a mental health day allows you to care for your mental health, something that's often overlooked, the Gooden Center says.

Here are the center's signs that you may need a mental health day:

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Health Tip: Your Changing Voice

-- Puberty can be a confusing and frustrating time for boys as their voices change. The larynx, also known as the voice box, grows during puberty because of bursts in testosterone. The growth and strengthening of the vocal cords help make the voice deeper.

As your body adjusts to the change, your voice may crack or break, but this only lasts a few months, says KidsHealth. Everyone goes through puberty at different times, so some kids' voices change earlier and some change later.

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Health Tip: Understanding Color Blindness

-- Color blindness is a vision deficiency that affects the perception of color, says the National Eye Institute.

People with color blindness aren't aware of differences among colors that may be obvious to those with normal vision. Sometimes, people who have color blindness aren't aware of their condition unless they're tested.

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Health Tip: Helping Children Adjust to a Move

-- Job loss, promotion, a transfer and other life changes can force families to move. For children, a move can be stressful and accentuate negative aspects of their personalities, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To help a child adjust to a move, the academy encourages parents to:

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Health Tip: Relieving Itchy Skin

-- From skin conditions like eczema to contagious diseases like ringworm, there are many reasons for itchy skin.

Regardless of the cause, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says it's important to avoid scratching, which will irritate the skin further.

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Health Tip: Milk and Its Sell-By Date

-- The date printed on your milk carton is not an expiration date, it's the milk's sell-by date, says the Dairy Council of California. It may be safe to drink milk a few days after the sell-by date.

The Dairy Council of California encourages consumers to:

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Health Tip: Cleaning Reusable Water Bottles

-- Reusable water bottles often have become part of our everyday gear. But because germs thrive in moist environments, it's important to clean the bottles properly, says the Water Quality and Health Council.

Here are the council's suggested alternatives:

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Health Tip: Avoiding Cholera

-- Cholera causes 95,000 deaths around the world each year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All travelers and residents in areas where cholera is occurring should take precautions to protect themselves and family members.

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Health Tip: Preventing a Hernia

-- A hernia occurs when part of the body protrudes through the wall of muscle or tissue that contains it, says Cleveland Clinic.

From weakened muscles to repeated strains of the abdominal and groin areas, a hernia has a variety of causes.

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